2015 Domaine des Berioles St Pourcain Tressaille
In 1989, Odile and Olivier Teissèdre acquired the “Clos des Bérioles,” a vineyard originally planted in 1809. The family domaine thus started out with 3 hectares of vines located on clay-limestone slopes. Olivier loved working in the vines but instead of vinifying and bottling under his own name, he set up a contract with the cooperative.
His son, Jean Teissèdre, decided to take on the family vineyards, studying viticulture and oenology in Mâcon, then seeking out other viticulture and vinification experience in Burgundy, Beaujolais, and Sancerre before returning home to Saint Pourçain. In 2010, the family’s contract with the Saint Pourçain cooperative ran up, and Jean decided not to renew it, instead laying groundwork for the construction of their own cellar and buying an additional 4 hectares of vineyards. The cellar was finished in 2011, the year of the first vinification for their own label.
Tréssallier is a local varietal unique to Saint Pourçain which is at risk of being pulled out and replaced by more international grape varieties. Domaine des Bérioles is determined to preserve Tréssallier and to make wines that demonstrate its full potential.
The 2015 Saint-Pourçain Trésaille from Domaine des Bérioles has a pale, bright, lemon-fresh hue. The nose has a delightful fruit-rich freshness, with scents of melon and whitecurrant, with a slightly salty-savoury suggestion of minerals, and it has a vibrancy too, with a zesty vigour. The palate feels pure and defined, crammed with acid definition and a supple weight of fruit, a salad of melon slices and citrus segments, with a deliciously pithy bitterness. Bright and long in the finish, this is a wine of real charm, which worked very well with some grilled sea bass.
- Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor
Varieties: 90% Tréssallier, 10% Chardonnay
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